Since discovering golpar, I have been looking at ways to use it. This lovely salad has its origin in a book by Najmieh Batmanglij, New Food of Life: Ancient Persian and Modern Iranian Cooking. It is quite a terrific salad, with the flavour bursts of pomegranate kernels, the tang of the lime, golpar and salt, the freshness of mint and the cooling taste of the cucumber. It is a remarkable mix of flavours and is totally gorgeous. It would make a great Xmas Salad with those lovely colours.
Golpar is the powder made from the seeds of Iranian Hogweed, and you can read more about it here. Pick up some of the powder or the seeds at a Middle Eastern or Afghan grocery. If you can only find the seeds, grind them to a powder in a spice grinder.
Salad-e Khiar-o Anar | Cucumber Pomegranate Salad
0.5 cup spring onions (scallions), chopped
0.5 cup fresh mint, coriander leaves or both, chopped (pick coriander leaves from its stems)
1 long cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and diced
2 pomegranates, seeded
1 fresh lime, peeled, pith removed, and sliced thinly
0.5 tspn golpar powder
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Serve, and enjoy.
recipe notes and alternatives
Green apple is nice in this salad too.